So, I made my first sourdough starter in the university dorms, and I had to move out just as it was getting hot as heck. My sourdough starter came with me, and I was getting a good rise out of it, and very good flavour.
I saw somewhere that if I sourdough starter's hooch goes orange or pink - it's the wrong beasties in your stuff. I panicked, and the sourdough starter went into the sink - the hooch looked like very dark urine. Should I have panicked? I have more of the original starter that didn't change color on me - it's dried and in a ziplock bag.
What happened to the starter? Was it because I suffocated it (it was in it's jar, but with plastic wrap on top)? Or was it the heat? How can I avoid killing my starter again?
My set up:
- glass jar with loose fitting top
- paper lunch bag (I don't trust light in my kitchen)
- plastic bowl and spoon for feeding it slurry
PS - I have made more of the starter, and it hasn't done a Houndini in color on me...so I'm happy - I also made some sourdough drop biscuits from them - tasty!